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GREY SQUIRREL (Sciurus carolinensis)
Activity inside loft areas of houses or flats not only causes concern as far as damage is concerned but can also cause great disturbance to sleep patterns and concerns about “attacks” on residents. Cases of grey squirrels attacking people are few, but do occur.
In the garden they take fruit such as strawberries, apples and plums and will raid the nests of small birds and dig holes in lawns. They will also raid bird tables and nut feeders an activity which is welcomed by some but is of extreme annoyance to others.
Grey squirrels are rodents, having the characteristic incisors that grow throughout their lives, combined with an outer layer of enamel on the incisors that wears away more slowly than the inner dentine, giving a sharp cutting edge to the teeth. Canines are absent, being replaced by the characteristic rodent diastema.
Head and body length is 25 to 26.5 cm plus 22 cm of tail, weight about 500 gm. Both sexes are similar size. The body is adapted for climbing and jumping, with sharp claws for gripping and a long bushy tail for balance.
The winter coat is grey above with a white underside; the summer coat is shorter, sleeker and brownish grey above.
Control of Grey Squirrels
Sabre has a wealth of experience in dealing with grey squirrels. We carry out the latest approved techniques and have a unique method of controlling them which has been established by utilising our many years of experience in successfully dealing with this pest.